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From Conan O'Brien

 
"LEGO has announced that they are shutting down their U.S. factory and moving it to Canada. LEGO employees say it's their fault because they made the factory too easy to take apart and rebuild somewhere else".
 
 

Rouse Hill House & Farm

Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill 
Phone: 02 9627 6777 
Hours: Open Wed–Fri 10am–4pm, Open daily during NSW school holidays Tours: 11am–2pm

Lego Exhibition on display through May 2018.

Rouse Hill House symbolises an era which, bit by bit, is vanishing. Poised on a high hill overlooking Windsor Road, the house and sprawling farmlands are reminders of the rural environment that defined the agrarian lifestyle of colonial settlers. Richard Rouse built his large home and sprawling farm in 1813 and now kids can learn about that farm life - feed the chickens, collect eggs, churn butter, grind corn and see farm animals up close. These are activities the Rouse family would have considered work!

The one-room school is where children learned their numbers, practiced reading, and girls probably learned a bit of sewing. Today, kids are amazed at the 'low tech' tools and how children of the 1800s survived without mobile devices. In 1831, schoolmasters could mete out punishment to a naughty child — another concept of past years!

The 'elegant' stables speak volumes about the wealth of the Rouse family at that time. A bath house (near the main house) would have been unimagined by most settlers of the period. When planting long living Moreton Bay Fig trees, Hannah Rouse would not have considered the problems that a huge root bed might create some 200 years later. The house and all its out-buildings are a study in archaeology and in preservation — perfect for dazzling young minds. 
In 2017, a LEGO® 'explore and build' exhibition opened in the visitors' centre and a detailed model of the house and the surrounding buildings along with the farmyard animals was set up. Children, parents, grandparents, teachers and LEGO® enthusiasts have participated, creating with more than 200,000 tiny bricks their own houses and out-buildings.

The exhibition will continue through May 2018.

LEGOLEGORHHF joggersSack Game

New York Times Image 19 November 2014

 

Are You certain your “Likes” on all the social media platforms are human? Or are they robots?

 

Bots were on the rise we read some years back but a recent article in the New York Times should give all of us a ‘wake-up’ call about buying popularity.

 

First, a definition: a bot is an application that will do a task. . . an automated task without the intervention of a human. It’s a web robot. Ever asked a question of Siri on your mobile? Siri is a bot – it will ‘do’ tasks for you – multiple tasks. From here it gets a little complicated, so rather than attempt a feeble explanation, let’s go back to the ‘buying likes’ example.

 

At first, I assumed buying followers meant promoting my tourism websites to a list of ‘real’ people, people who would be interested In Windsor. And a webguy I know recommended that I buy some to push up my ‘like’ numbers. It somehow felt dishonest, so I dropped the webguy!

 

Still this article, ‘The Follower Factory’ (New York Times, 27 January 2018) is a bit of a shock.“Facebook disclosed to investors that it had at least twice as many fake users as it previously estimated, indicating that up to 60 million automated accounts may roam the world’s largest social media platform.”

 

Back in the day of 2014 thousands of these fake accounts, known as bots, were up for purchase for as little as $5. Voila, you are popular, but buyer beware: this is a giant pyramid scheme of fake friends and, hang on to your hat, all the platforms Instagram, Vine Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube Facebook are in on the game.

 

Just a few lines of computer code and your Bot is ready to retweet certain topics. . . follow a tweet or follow anyone who follows them.

 

Multiple Bots are commonly called ‘Bot Farms’. A farm is up for sale for the cost of a cup of coffee, writes Nick Bilton in Vanity Fair (2018).  If you have time, read those articles. But in the future, don’t ‘go on’ about how many followers you have – you really do want real people liking youl

 

New York Times Image. 29 November 2014